By David St. Louis (Merlin 2) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By David St. Louis (Merlin 2) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Range
Breed in the boreal forests from Alaska to Newfoundland, and winter from the southern United States southward.

Size
Length          9-12 inches
Wingspan     21-27 inches
Weight          5-9 ounces

Habitat
Variable; often conifer forests with openings in north, or grasslands with groves of trees.

Diet
Mainly small birds; occasionally small mammals such as mice.

Characteristics
Small, dark falcon with long, pointed wings. Relatively rare wherever it occurs. Very capable flier, catching avian prey almost exclusively. Dark underwings, and lacks a bold mustache mark. Looks like a small, dark peregrine falcon.


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